Hey there, my name’s Jeffrey and I wanted to personally welcome you to my website. My intentions are to help you develop a relationship with Jesus personal to you. A big part of my effort will be writing about Scripture in a way that demonstrates how it can be applied to daily life, along with certain experiences I've lived through over the years and how they've guided me closer to Jesus.
Before we go any further, I need to be clear about a few things. I'm not a Deacon or a Priest. I do not deserve any recognition for what the Holy Spirit is able to accomplish through me. Most importantly, I struggle with sin on a daily basis. I'm simply a Bible nerd who loves introducing others to Jesus in a way they've never met Him before.
I have been blessed with an amazing wife and God has given us both the blessing and responsibility of being parents. In late 2017, God led our family to make a move from Southeast Texas to Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Our family is part of the Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend. While St. Jude is our local parish, my wife is also very active with the parish of St. Joseph.
For much of my adult life, I felt as empty as the church pictured above. I knew who Jesus was and the significance of what He accomplished through the cross, but that was about the peak of my spirituality. With an obvious void inside my heart, I did what I could to make myself feel whole. This led to a life of alcoholism and any other given sin that made me feel more confident in who I thought I was.
I grew up in the Church, but attending mass was something I was forced to do as a student at a private school. This was just one of the many reasons why as soon as I was able to make decisions on my own, church was no longer a part of the story. I remember feeling a great loss when Pope John Paul II was called home. Even my closest drinking buddies were shocked by the fact that the Catholic Church had at one time been a part of my life.
After running as far away from God as I possibly could, I found myself at a faith-based recovery home for men suffering from addiction in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. The memory of being in a detox facility and calling what was then called “The Refuge” was one of the defining moments in my life. I had put together a mini-speech I would give if someone answered the phone.
After making it through the first two or three sentences of what I wanted to say, the director of The Refuge cut me off. “What do you know about Jesus?” was the first question I was asked. At that point in my life, I had never felt such an intense feeling of both peace and comfort as I did following the question. “I know I need to get to know Him better,” is the only answer I could come up with.
While the Catholic Church was still not a part of my life in Jacksonville Beach, I began attending an incredible non-denominational church. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced. I was reintroduced to God, this time as a loving Father, who wanted me to experience an intimate relationship with His Son instead of a punishing God I had learned to fear. I’m completely aware of the fact this isn’t how every Catholic visualizes God. This is simply how I had grown to know Him with the lifestyle I’d been living.
There was plenty of frustration and questions to be answered those first few months. The relationship I finally began to develop with Jesus has grown into the most important part of my daily life. The intimacy I began to share with God has not only been enough to guide me home to the Catholic faith, it has also led me to an education in theology. Writing about the Sacred Scriptures in a way that inspires others has become my favorite way to grow closer to Jesus.
Since 2013, the Church and many of her traditions have played a major role in my relationship with Jesus. The more I have learned about God and His character through personal time in my Bible and pursuing my education, the deeper I fall in love with God’s family, the Catholic Church.
Not only have I became more involved with my parish, writing for a few Catholic websites is a significant part of my life. One of the questions I am asked the most is how others can both discover and deepen a personal relationship with Jesus, similar to the one I have been blessed with. It has become part of my purpose both as a Christian and a writer to not only share my experience with others but play a part in guiding them on their own journey with God.
I look forward to hearing your story and doing my best to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to send me an email at [email protected]. I look forward to getting to know everyone who is willing to reach out. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your relationship with Jesus.